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  Hi everyone!  My name is Diana Hartman.  I'm a mom, a business owner and a woman with many passions and interests!  Among those is gardening and landscaping, specifically in a fun and creative style.  I am currently learning all I can in regards to edible landscaping and my edible front yard landscape is one of my favorite projects.  I have so much still to learn and would love to start a community where we can discuss ideas, experiments (what has worked for you and for me and what we can try in a different way), sustainable techniques, art in the garden or landscape, use of different materials and ideas, involving children in our gardening and whatever else may spark our interest.  Please join me in learning from each other and sharing fun and creative ideas!  Please leave comments!

         

My daughter enjoying our edible front yard last summer.  We planted Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Basil, Corn, Lettuce, Garlic, Lavender, Carrots, Marigolds, Broccoli, Peas, Beans and Onions in these beds.  Edibles and Ornamentals combined make a beautiful front yard garden.

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The Identity of The Dirty Dozen Revealed! How Many Can Flourish In Your Own Edible Garden?

Posted by Diana Hartman on August 3, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (7)

After my last post regarding "rest and play", my daughter mentioned her desire for a garden bed of her own. Inside my head, I loudly screamed "yes!", while I calmly replied, "Of course." She had already chosen one...the neglected bed out front amidst the edible veggie beds. She had been attracted to the one wild, overgrown garden area..."perfect for a secret fairy garden," she said and she was perfectly correct! There were many secret "rooms" amidst the overgrown trees, flowers...

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Today, I Choose To Rest And Play.

Posted by Diana Hartman on June 25, 2015 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a hot and busy June and today, I choose to rest and play.




How tough is it to make that choice within our busy lives?


I spent some time searching for 18 of the best toys for all ages to motivate us to choose rest and play ...

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EverGreen Team Priorities As Written By The One-Handed Blogger

Posted by Diana Hartman on June 1, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Last Tuesday, I sat down and typed the Agenda for our annual Spring Employee Meeting. We like to start out the season by introducing our fabulous new team to the expectations of an EverGreen staff member. I started out by listing our priorities as always:


#1. Safety - of employees, clients, driving and equipment


#2. Quality - of client service and work completed


#3. Efficiency - of route, schedule and work completed


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Spring Cleaning...the "Ahhhhh..." Feeling of a Fresh Start!

Posted by Diana Hartman on April 29, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)


It's so important for our mind, body and spirit to step outdoors and breathe that fresh, crisp, clean Montana air in Spring! Let's talk about getting out there and accomplishing some Spring cleaning of your own personal piece of Montana.


First, I hope you had a little fun considering the idea of functional art within your landscape from my last post. I took the idea and created a wall which will define our barbecue space on our deck and provide privacy while in...

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Your Landscape is Functional Art!

Posted by Diana Hartman on April 1, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 


It's nice to be back with you after a shorter than average winter season in Bozeman, Montana! We had a little extra time on our hands this past winter as our plow trucks remained sedentary and I'm not one to sit still so I sunk some time into an old hobby that I had forsaken...creating art with wood! I'm also a multi-tasker (some might say to a fault) so of course my art must also serve a function. Artistic work on a buffet, a bench or o...

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Furry Pests Damaging Your Landscape This Winter? Not A Chance!

Posted by Diana Hartman on September 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Fall is upon us and as we are busy preparing snow bids and pulling out this summer's gardens, we arrive at the best time of year to prevent winter damage to our lawns and gardens. I would like to share some tips that you can utilize to try and protect your landscape this winter.


However, first I would like to congratulate Jennifer G. for winning the Edible Landscape Giveaway! Next spring as we begin consultation and creation of an Edible Landscape Plan, I will share with y...

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Justify Your Water Bill! Turn Your Landscape Into A Garden Paradise And Eat Gourmet!

Posted by Diana Hartman on September 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I've noticed something this year...the majority of people who visit don't realize right away that my front yard is edible! I think that is as a vital a point to what I am creating as the fact that my yard is edible. Think about it...a beautiful yard that produces without appearing to be rows of vegetables. Want a green gorgeous yard, but can't justify the water bill? No problem! I save substantially on my grocery bill! Shop in your front yard! We are eating a variety of organic, delici...

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Container Gardens...Accessories For Your Landscape!

Posted by Diana Hartman on July 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Container gardens are the quick and easy fix for those of us that don't have enough time or tend to change our minds often. Actually, container gardens are the answer for any landscape! Can't make up your mind regarding the look you want...they're easily changed. Think of container gardens as throw pillows and change them out yearly or even with the seasons! Don't have much room...they can be as small or as large as you choose. These work for apartments or large, expansive...

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Men, Let's Think Outside the Garden Box...What Do You REALLY Want Out of Your Yard?

Posted by Diana Hartman on June 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This blog is for all the men out there that would like to create something special in their landscape especially for themselves.  A place created for a man to relax and enjoy the way he wishes.  I was perusing www.houzz.com the other day, a great website to search for home and landscape ideas, and noticed there are many "man cave" ideas, but nothing came up when I searched for "man yard" ideas.  Hmmmm...


I sent out the following request for ideas, "What doe...

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They Go Together Like Peas and Carrots...Which Edibles Are BFFs? Create Synergy In Your Garden!

Posted by Diana Hartman on May 29, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So, Phil, my husband, and I are very different in many ways and I asked my sister what word came to mind when she thought of our relationship. She's much better with words than I and has a naturally talented poetic way of writing. Very quickly she throws out the word "synergy." I run to look up the exact meaning of this word "synergy," as all I know right off hand is that I love the organic clothing company named "Synergy" and would highly ...

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